Oriental ostrich fern

Matteuccia orientalis | Also known as: Matteuccia japonica, Onoclea orientalis | Rating: 2 votes | Print / Pdf

If you’re not happy with your garden design there’s no point in sticking your head in the sand and ignoring it. Instead make it an enticing retreat with matteuccia orientalis or oriental ostrich fern. Vivid green, pinnate fronds that are sterile, grow around more slender, brown, fertile fronds that become reddish in autumn. Suited to moist loamy, sandy or clay soil with good drainage, oriental ostrich fern likes partly shaded and fully shaded areas. This fern is a brilliant way to add varying height to a border or bed and its open, casual appearance is ideal for low-maintenance cottage gardens where people will be craning their necks to get a glimpse of this striking plant.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.4 - 0.6
Spread [m]
  • 0.6
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Brown or bronze
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • division
  • Spores
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Spreading
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z6-8
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -23 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
  • well-drained but frequently watered
  • poorly-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Partial shade
  • Full shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Grasses, ferns & bamboo
  • Ferns
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • We love the dark
  • Pond plants
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Bog garden
  • Woodland
  • Cottage garden
  • Pond
Garden spaces
  • Shade
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years